Nest Thermostat and Smoke API with DotNet

Nest Thermostat and Smoke API with DotNet

Posted Saturday 10 February 2018 18:46 Page View Counter 178

This code example shows how you can use C# in either a Windows application or asp.net website to retrieve data from the Nest API to show information for your Nest Thermostat or Nest Smoke Alarms. Before starting to write your code, you need to create...

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Gigabit Internet Gateway Network PC

Gigabit Internet Gateway Network PC

Posted Saturday 16 December 2017 17:12 Page View Counter 832

Following from our home network upgrade in August 2017 we have been trying to find a way to add global adblocking for the computers, tablets and phones connected to our network and to run additional software. We had tried using Pi-hole® software...

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tp-link LB130 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb Python Control

tp-link LB130 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb Python Control

Posted Wednesday 30 August 2017 13:28 Page View Counter 2074

A few weeks ago, we purchased a tp-link LB130 smart bulb to use with the Home Assistant software we had been trying on the Raspberry Pi. The support for the bulb in the Home Assistant software was limited and so Andrew started to decode the data using...

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Home Network Upgrade

Home Network Upgrade

Posted Tuesday 22 August 2017 21:37 Page View Counter 1782

The home network installation for our computers was first setup using 10BASE2 coax connections when we only had 2 computers and one was connected to the internet via a modem. Since then we have upgraded to using first network hubs then switches for...

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Home Energy Solar Logger Update

Home Energy Solar Logger Update

Posted Tuesday 06 September 2016 17:18 Page View Counter 204

Since updating our home solar data logging system to the Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2 in November 2015 we planned to add additional indoor and outdoor sensors to the system.   We ordered additional temperature sensors from...

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Gas Meter Hall Effect Sensor

Gas Meter Hall Effect Sensor

Posted Wednesday 13 January 2016 19:22 Page View Counter 466

In a previous blog post we wrote about our new mains energy monitoring system which reads the values from our electric and gas meters and stores them in an online database.  The gas reading was done using a reed switch sensor which was supposed...

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ESP8266 Mains Energy Monitor

ESP8266 Mains Energy Monitor

Posted Friday 01 January 2016 21:09 Page View Counter 1922

In November of last year we finished work on our Raspberry Pi based solar data logger, a part of our ongoing smart home project that we have been working on for several years now.  The solar logger monitors all of the energy usage for the solar...

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Nest and Solar Logger Update

Nest and Solar Logger Update

Posted Saturday 12 December 2015 19:15 Page View Counter 478

It has now been a week since we installed the Nest 3rd Gen Learning Thermostat and we have been able to try the auto learning and heating / hot water schedules the thermostat offers. First impressions of the thermostat overall had been positive...

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Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2

Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2

Posted Monday 30 November 2015 19:54 Page View Counter 1445

Three years ago we designed a solar data logger based on a Raspberry Pi which monitored the solar heating and PV system in the house as well as measuring the amount of energy we were using.  This system has served us well but over time we have...

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USB Smart Charger with Bluetooth LE

USB Smart Charger with Bluetooth LE

Posted Tuesday 11 August 2015 15:34 Page View Counter 470

For the past few months we have been working on a set of new USB smart chargers which run from our off grid 12V system to be used for charging tablets, smartphones and other devices which charge from a USB port. The aim of the new smart chargers...

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